|Welcome to Terralingua’s Portal on Biocultural Diversity Conservation! Biocultural diversity is the interlinked diversity of nature and culture:the millions of species of plants and animals that have evolved on earth, and the thousands of different cultures and languages that humans have developed by interacting closely with one another and with the natural environment. Biocultural diversity is the pulsating heart of the globe, the multi-faceted expression of the beauty and potential of life on this planet—a precious gift for everyone to cherish and care for.
Yet, the biocultural diversity of life is at grave risk. Global economic, political, and social forces are eroding the vitality and resilience of the world’s ecosystems and cultures. A “converging extinction crisis” is leading to a rapid and vast loss of diversity in all its forms. Losing biocultural diversity means losing the very fabric and vitality of life, losing our present and future options for life on earth.
Thousands of people all over the world are rising to the challenge. From Indigenous peoples and local communities striving to safeguard their landscapes and ways of life, to the many committed others who are working for the cause at local, regional, and global levels, there are countless efforts underway to stop and reverse biocultural diversity loss. But these efforts are often isolated from one another—separate dots, so to speak, on the global map of biocultural diversity conservation. In isolation, one effort can’t learn from the others, and collectively we all can’t learn from them. There is an urgent need to “connect the dots”.
With this portal, we aim to do just that: connect the dots. Researchers, professionals, funders, policy makers, and activists from all over the world involved in biocultural diversity conservation can share experiences and lessons learned, draw lessons from them, discuss obstacles and successes, identify needs and resources, and form a common front to advance our cause of sustaining biocultural diversity. We also offer this space to anyone who would like to learn more about biocultural diversity conservation. We want the portal to be as open, organic, and ever changing as the diversity of life itself. Along with the diversity of species and the diversity of languages and cultures, we embrace the diversity of ideas, and welcome your thoughts, suggestions, and inspiration.
Please get involved! You can do so by adding to the Projects gallery, posting articles on the Solutions blog, or adding to our collection of biocultural diversity Stories. And you can join the Conversation by participating in the biocultural diversity discussion forum on our interactive Terralingua Ubuntu site. Share your insights with others, and create meaningful and fruitful connections. This space is for you—for you to use, co-create, and make alive. We look forward to your contributions to this growing community of practice.
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